Deal struck on sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 10:43pm
(CNN) -- House and Senate negotiators have struck a deal over long-stalled legislation to revamp the way sexual harassment complaints are made and handled on Capitol Hill, multiple congressional sources close to the process told CNN on Wednesday, likely assuring the bill's final passage this year.
The bill will reconcile the House- and Senate-passed versions into one bill that overhauls the Congressional Accountability Act, which set up and oversees how sexual harassment claims are handled and -- for the first time -- will hold lawmakers liable for paying harassment settlements from their own pockets, rather than using US taxpayer money as had been done in the past.
Community puzzled by lack of Christmas lights at Columbia College
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 8:29pm
COLUMBIA - It is lights out on a popular holiday display at Columbia College. The plug has been pulled on the synchronized light show that usually plays at the Kirkman House, complete with Christmas music.
"It’s been something we’ve done for a long time and people come to expect it, said Sam Fleury, Columbia College director of public relations. "They enjoy checking out the lights because it puts them in the holiday spirit,"
Missouri GOP calls on lawyer to step aside in Hawley review
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 6:49pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Republican Party is calling on an attorney for the secretary of state to recuse herself from investigating outgoing Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley.
Missouri GOP spokesman Chris Nuelle on Wednesday said Secretary of State Deputy General Counsel Khristine Heisinger has a conflict because she donated to Hawley's former rival, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, and other Democrats.
Prosecutors charge Mizzou defensive player with domestic assault
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 5:10pm
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Prosecutor's Office charged Mizzou defensive end Tre Williams with domestic assault, court records confirm.
A statement from Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight sent Wednesday said, "The case involving Tre Williams has not been dismissed. Because this is a pending case, no further comment will be made by this office at this time."
MU veterinarian warns pet owners on dog food recall
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 3:53pm
COLUMBIA - The FDA and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMA) recently released a dog food recall.
MU Veterinary Toxicologist, Tim Evans, said he has been trying to get the word out to the public.
UPDATE: Parent speaks out after being accused of making threats at Mexico school
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 3:24pm
MEXICO - A Mexico man says frustration over bullying at Mexico Middle School led him to make threats towards principal Deborah Hill Haag.
Damion Linder was arrested Wednesday and accused of making a terroristic threat.
Study shows new trends in consumer fraud
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 9:15pm
COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau is warning people about some new trends in scams and offering advice on spotting consumer fraud.
A new study examines subscription traps, deceptive free trials and fake celebrity endorsements.
Judge gives ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen 3 years in prison
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 12:42pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, who as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and fixer once vowed he would "take a bullet" for his boss, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to two women that he says was done at the direction of Trump.
The sentence was in line with what federal prosecutors asked for. Sentencing guidelines called for around four to five years behind bars, and prosecutors asked in court papers that Cohen be given only a slight break. He is ordered to surrender March 6.
Lincoln University student leader dies in off-campus incident
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 12:22pm
JEFFERSON CITY - A Lincoln University student died Tuesday night in an off campus incident.
Students arrived on a sunny campus Wednesday morning, missing one of their own.
2 children wounded after toddler finds gun in dad's backpack
Posted on 12 December 2018 at 12:07pm
PAGEDALE (AP) — Authorities say two children were wounded in suburban St. Louis after a toddler found a pistol in his father's backpack.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the toddler shot himself in the arm and his sleeping 7-year-old brother in the head with the same round Monday night in Pagedale. The toddler has been released from the hospital while the older boy is recovering from a skull fracture.